Wenger’s idiotic stubborness looks like it could cost us 3rd.

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Before the game I sat there and wondered to myself…

How many mistakes would Fabianski have to make to be considered a liability?

Why when 3rd place is yet to be confirmed would Wenger think it a good idea to play a man who near enough commits a goalkeeping crime every other game? Why was he still trying to convince us that his young Polish keeper was going to be great?

Wenger’s stubbornness no doubt cost us the league this year and after yesterday’s team selection, there is a very good chance it could cost us 3rd place meaning we’ll have to qualify through the preliminaries in the Champions League next season.

The game started off relatively brightly for Arsenal. We fizzed the ball around the pitch and looked in control. Fabianski claimed a fair amount of high balls into the box and after about 20 minutes, Sagna flicked on a front post corner to RvP who was at the back post to nod the ball into the net. 1-0 up against a lower half of the table team should have seen us cruise to victory. However, as we all know, this team is built on brittle foundations. Blackburn had tactics in mind. Those tactics? To target a keeper Wenger believes to be great. They used every opportunity to launch high balls into our 6 yard box, knowing like the rest of us, Fabianski would make an incorrect decision at some point and we’d concede.

Just before half time, that moment came. Blackburn were putting two players on the keeper. They hit a looping ball to the back post, Fabianski tried to claim it but got under the ball and could only muster a flap, Blackburn returned the ball back across the face of goal where David Dunn was on hand to slot into an empty net.

The second half began and it seemed like Wenger had given one of those silent team talks, possibly just letting the players listen to their ipods. We came out looking uninterested and demotivated. The boys looked like they were in summer holiday countdown moment. It was disgraceful to watch and showcased that we’re no where near a championship winning team.

Blackburn don’t have the best players by a long way, but what they lack in technical ability they more than make up for with fight and discipline. They continued to pummel the Arsenal area with high balls and it didn’t take long for our terrible keeper to drop another howler. This time a simple cross was fired directly at Fabianski, he got under the ball, made a horrendous attempt at a punch, Samba simply nodded in.

Wenger sat on the sidelines flapping his arms more wildly than all his keepers have done this season. I didn’t get his point? Blackburn weren’t playing unfairly, they had identified our weakness and exposed it for the world to see. Wenger seems to believe that teams like Blackburn should set up to play Arsenal in a way that suits Arsenal. The ex-Prem champions don’t have half the funding or facilities we have, yet Wenger believes they should try and out play us! He lives on a different planet!

Here’s an idea Wenger. How about taking a closer look to home before you start blaming everyone else bar yourself?

All those players out on the pitch are your players and they failed you miserably. They don’t look like they can be assed. That is a disgrace to the 3000 away fans that travelled up to see you. That is a disgrace to the millions of gooners watching on TV. Everything is given to our boys on a plate. They don’t have to work for anything at Arsenal and it shows. Since going out of the Champions league, the players have switched off. It doesn’t matter though. They know full well you don’t get picked on form at Arsenal and you don’t get sold as long as you keep your mouth shut.

How about accepting the fact that the Premier League is a physical place to play the game of football and that sticking players on the keeper is fair tactic? If you had a good goal keeper in the squad that sort of tactic wouldn’t be employed. If you had players in the team with fight in them, they wouldn’t get bullied out of games. Yesterday, I hardly noticed Diaby and Nasri, they were that anonymous. Since Porto, Nasri has gone off the radar. He doesn’t have the stomach for the Premier League, he should try his luck in Spain or Italy. Massive disappointment. Diaby? Well, after he’s had his customary 3 good games a season, he goes AWOL. He looks lethargic and a long way of the physical stature of PV04.

Bar a few exceptions, the players on the pitch yesterday disgraced themselves and put another black mark against project youth. Carlos Vela was so out of the game it was difficult to make a judgement on him. For a player supposedly fighting for a future at our club his showing was nothing short of pathetic. Theo Walcott? Similar story as always. Unless he can get in a race, the best he can do is fire a cross or shot into his front post defender. You know it’s a bad afternoon when your best attacking player is Eboue.

Robin Van Persie’s return to the team proved to me that we wouldn’t have won the league even with him staying fit this season. Our problems are deeper than having a great striker on the pitch.

When you’ve got a manager who refuses to blame the keeper for his howlers, you have to question whether he is seeing any of the above problems?

Wenger isn’t in competition for trophies anymore, he’s in competition with his detractors. That competition in all likelihood will leave us in the same position this time next year as the Arsenal post 2004 de ja vu virus strikes again.

Personally, I don’t think Wenger is the man to lead us back to glory. He’s stuck in 1998 and had refused to move on. He won’t acknowledge tactics, he doesn’t punish poor performances and he rewards failure. Not just that, instead of raising the bar, he’s in a constant battle to lower it. No manager should be telling the fans 3rd place in an over achievement.

Wenger, unlike Fergie, looks unable to adapt for a second time. He wants plaudits for how he plays the game, not for the amount of trophies in the cabinet. We’re now known as the nearly team and judging by Wenger’s comments on transfers, we’re probably not going to address that this summer. He constantly reminds us that his players are extremely young. Well Arsene, I’m sure Titus Bramble was young at one point… he was rubbish though and he grew up and turned into a rubbish player. Being an average young player does not mean you’ll become a great 25 year old. Look no further than Senderos for evidence on that front.

Watching the demise of a once great manager has been slow and painful. I no longer have faith in him. I’ve wrestled with this in my mind for a long time, but watching our season go from potential greatness, to painful mediocrity has been awful. Listening to his ever familiar press conferences about the youth of his team and how he will be sensible in the transfer market is an all too familiar sound.

Deep down we all know the truth… Wenger hasn’t got it in him to change his ways and the board don’t have the balls to tell him.

It’s a sorry old situation we’ve got ourselves in.

See you in the comments.

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No kids today the titles gone away, and 3rd is all we have to play!

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Yes there was a song in there somewhere!

Arsene Wenger has promised not to blood any kids today and go for an all out win, the team selected will be the strongest available.

That would have been nice for the Spud and Wigan games, but RVP was left on the bench, ho hum, it’s all over, let’s just hope we finish third and win 8 nil today against that fat gum chewing slob Allardyce’s team Blackburn.

There’s no point in talking about who we’ll buy next season as it’s quite apparent he believes in this squad and he won’t be changing anything so we may as well sit down, shut up and be grateful for what we are given.

What is important though is to get a point from the last two games, now before you all laugh, we only managed a point from the last three, and we were the ones with the easiest run in, boy thank god we weren’t trying to win the title eh?

At least we don’t have to make our way over to the Grove, most of us can watch it on the TV, apart from those going up North, good luck to those lucky fans, I hope the team do you proud.

I noticed this last few days there has been a lot of negativity in the comments, and I don’t blame anyone for that, I’m as guilty as the most negative, today though is a match, so let’s all try and think of ways that Arsenal can win all four trophies next season, the boss has a few months to make that happen, perhaps we can all give him some ideas!

What doesn’t help though is when we read the Sunday Times rich list for sportsmen and see how much these lucky boys earn, a twat like El Hadj Diouf, or whatever his name is, driving a £400k sports car, that’s why it would be nice if our management would come out and say, that the reason we increase all these kids contracts by so much is to keep them at the club, thereby safeguarding the club, so when we get the press saying that Cesc and Arshavin want to leave, they can say well they can’t and that’s why our manager gives them such huge contracts.

Now that would be nice and it may stop some of the resentment.

They can’t go anywhere until we let them, and if they do, they can pay all the wages back we gave them in their increase, it’s time to consider the fans Arsenal. Crazy concept I know, but why not give it a go?

Have a great day Grovers, and enjoy the match!


One more point and we’re over the line.

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Ok so with both the mancs and the spuds winning, the press are all talking about them fighting it out for 4th place, I think they have forgotten that if we don’t get a point from our last two games, we could finish fourth, now wouldn’t that be a disaster, eh?

Well I hope we do it tomorrow because although we would normally be guaranteed 3 points against Fulham, they are playing well right now and I want that game to be an end of season celebration, not a massive downer.

As far as the players Wenger may or may not be buying, he’s bought no one yet so we should at least wait to see what will happens before we react.

Villa is apparently  on his way to Barca so we can forget about him, so get ready for Chamakh to be our only (forward) signing, I also expect him to keep all the others, by that I mean we’ll keep Eduardo.

I also think he’ll keep Almunia, because he refuses to admit he’s wrong, but I hope like hell I’m wrong.

Gallas will stay because he knows where his bread is buttered and he’ll be paid an obscene amount of money to sign a one year contract.

I just hope that whatever happens and whoever he signs, he takes off his blinkers, and realises what players will have at least a month out injured.

Here’s my injury list for next season, this is why if he keeps everyone, he has to look at the long term injury history book.

Almunia, always good for 6 weeks

Gallas

RVP

Djourou

Cesc Fabregas

Theo Walcott

Denilson

Nasri

Song, just beginning his injury career now he’s a regular.

Now this list is the crock list, fact, add to this, the annual nasty break on a young player and you can see that we will start the next season knowing we’ll be 9 short during the course of it, even the most diehard AKB can look at the history of the last 5 years and know that we will have a problem.

That’s why I don’t want Torres, he’s a crock, so the solution for me is to choose our squad carefully, I know you can’t find players that don’t get injured, except those that aren’t first choice, they are always fit, what we do need though is a squad that has 2 top players in every position, with a squad limit of 25, we can’t afford to have a Djourou in there wasting a spot from day one.

So tomorrow could well be the seasons most important game, we’ll all be behind them and I for one feel like I have been starved of Arsenal for ever, but let’s not forget, we only have a week, and that’s it until pre-season, so enjoy it whilst it lasts!

Have a great day Grovers, tomorrow our season begins!